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Martin: "Your teeth are so white they’re blinding."
Alexander Holt Mason: “ Ya know… [laughter]"
M: “Did you have them whitened?"
A: “No, natural. It’s just natural. You know?”
M: “Where are you from originally?"
A: “Minneapolis.”
M: “What brings you here?"
A: “Hollywood. Period. It’s mine. I’ve always wanted to come to Hollywood. Even as a child I’ve always been fascinated with Hollywood but I’m also a TV personality. So it’s a perfect place for me so that’s why I came.”
M: “Are you going on job interviews and casting calls?"
A: “No I just go to the source and I just be myself. When you make friends with people and you’re genuine then they wanna do favors for you ‘cause they see it in you, ya know? So I just network a lot. Wherever I go, people notice me. So I mean it’s work but it's…I just network. I don’t really go to casting calls and stuff like that. But the way I do it, it works."
M: “Where do you live these days?"
A: “I’m in this shelter in South Central but they said that once I get my guard card that they’ll move me into an apartment.”
M: “You work security part time?"
A: “Well I didn’t get my guard card yet but I have a couple celebrity friends that are looking for security guards so I might be doing something with that, yeah."
M: “Can your parents help you get an apartment?"
A: “I’d rather do it on my own. I’m a grown ass man, I don’t want my family doing anything for me. They don’t know much ‘cause it’s none of their business. They just need to wait for me to be on TV."
M: “It’s a tough market to break into."
A: “Yeah you just have to be ready for it.”
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West Hollywood, California
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Martin: “Where are you from?”
Edwin: “New York. The Bronx.”
M: “How long have you been out here?”
E: “Like a year.”
M: “What brought you to L.A.? You think it’s easier to make money here than in New York?”
E: “Mhm.”
M: “How do you make money?”
E: “Any way I can. I’m an entrepreneur. I make anything possible, you know what I mean?”
M: “What does most of your business consist of?”
E: “What does my business consist of…I mean, anything I get my hands on. Anything. I get my hands on this, that’s money, know what I’m saying? Anything is money. It’s how you talk about it, it’s how you value it. As long as you have a product, you get money. That’s how I get money.”
M: “Were you in business in New York too?”
E: “Of course. That’s the land of the money, you know what I’m saying? I was born into it. It’s the game.
M: “Were do you live these days?”
E: “Everywhere, I’m everywhere.”
M: “Mostly on the street?”
E: “Hell no, hell no. No, no, no. No I can’t be homeless, bro.”
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West Hollywood, California
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Martin: “Where are you from?
Christopher: “I’m from Iowa.”
M: “How long have you been out here?” C: “Almost twenty-two years.”
M: “Have you been back since?” C: “I have but just a few times ‘cause I’ve been homeless for a lot of years and my family never really knew too much about me.”
M: “What happened that you ended up being homeless?” C: “Pretty much I don’t follow rules too well. So I don’t live with people I don’t like…I’m one a them kinda people. And then my mom signed me away at thirteen so I’ve been a state child. I was emancipated at seventeen so I was pretty much set out on my own and I just never looked back.” M: “Mostly on the street?” C: “Probably ninety percent on the street. I’ve tried to be in places but I just don’t like structure I just feel kept, closed in. Like right now they’re trying to get me in housing but I’m just so freaked out about it I just don’t wanna be…ya know? You can’t take the street outta somebody once they done it for so long. It’s hard to put them in somewhere. I’m grateful and there’s a process but it’s just like I’m so used to being out on the street.”
M: “You don’t hate it, being out on the street?”
C: “No I’ve spent half of my adult life on the street. I’ve met some really intelligent, very bright people, probably more so than I would if I worked a job and did all that that way. I’ve made a lot of good friends. No. To be honest with you, no, and I’m a very honest…like I’ve tried it and I’m just like it’s not me. I like to get up and go and I don’t like the responsibilities. I guess it sounds kind of selfish. But I’d rather put somebody else in there that wants to be there. If I had taken it and I don’t want it, well then I’m taking a place from somebody that can use it. And I’d rather have that person get a shot for whatever process they’re in.”
M: “How do you come by money?” C: “I collect debt relief from the government, just from the state of California. I survive on two hundred bucks a month and food stamps. I’ve done it for a long, long time.”
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West Hollywood, California
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Martin: “Where are you from? Around here?”
Ray: “Yeah I live at 8th and Figueroa. A room, transitional. Yeah you gotta share the restrooms and bathrooms.”
M: “Is it a shelter?”
R: “It’s rent rooms. It’s just different. But it got me sober. I don’t care. It got me sober! Ya know, ya know that’s important. That house got me sober. It takes two chemicals to make you sober, the house and the friends. And that did it.”
M: “You were drinking too much before?”
R: “Me? Oh me? I’m an ex-addict. Everything but heroin. Three years ago I stopped crystal and rocks. In my twenties I stopped PCP. So I did rocks and crystal…crystal…I stopped.”
M: “You have a job?”
R: “No. Keep helping and be good now, that’s all you can do, honestly. It’s working. I eat, hang out with my friends when I can and just go to church and go home. They told me don’t ever go back to the street, don’t leave that place, stay there 'till you transfer. The streets are bad.”
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West Hollywood, California
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Martin: “What brings you to Hollywood?”
Ada: “I know that I can do more out here than anywhere else and I can be myself. I’m transgender."
M: “You feel more accepted here?"
A: “Yes, I do."
M: “Where are you from originally?"
A: “I’m native to the state but I was raised out of state. I’ve tried to get a hold of my family but my family don’t wanna say a word to me. I haven’t seen them since I was three on my dad’s side, after my dad passed away. He was a victim of the Nazi Low Riders up north in Salinas. It’s a hate group and they didn’t like bisexuals and my dad was bisexual."
M: “And they killed him?"
A: “Well yeah they did. They let him in for a drink and then it turned into violence. After I grew up, I went and researched what happened. And I know why my mother was keeping it from me because it’s…it was bad. It was pretty descriptive too." M: “And your mom?"
A: “My mom, she overdosed on Xanax when I was twelve. So I lived with an uncle for five years, he was really abusive. He had a very short temper and he didn’t like homosexuals or trans people at all. There was just a lot of drama and a lot of beating. He was supposed to go take anger management classes, he never did. His sister and my cousin took me away from him and basically stopped him from doing anymore damage but then like…they caught me with a boyfriend and literally kicked me out."
M: “How old were you?"
A: “I was seventeen.”
M: “Where are you living these days?”
A: “I’m on the streets. I’m basically trying to figure how to get my own housing without housing help because of the rules and restrictions with it. Because when I do group living, like, it’s just…I’m sad and depressed ‘cause there’s no one talking to me and I just feel like an outcast from the whole house. Out here I have tons of friends.”
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West Hollywood, California
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Cashan: “Is my shirt ok?"
Martin: “It’s good, nice and clean."
C: “Yeah you know. And I’m trying to be all like, all I can be." M: “Where are you living these days?”
C: “I’m living in Hollywood now."
M: “On the streets? Off and on?"
C: “Yeah but I’m in a Mercedes Benz now. [laughter] Yeah." M: “You’ve got a car you’re living in?"
C: “Yeah. My homey’s car. I’m watchin’ it for him. But I’m hopin’ that he’ll let me buy it and I can get my license." M: “Where is your homey at?"
C: “He lives in the Valley somewhere in a big old crib. Yeah and I do a lot of work for him."
M: “You’re not allowed to drive it?"
C: “Oh I drive it to wash the car and stuff, yeah, I do."
M: “So you do have a license?"
C: “I gotta get one. I’m drivin’ illegal. I just go here and go back, be in the streets." M: “How long have you been living in the streets?"
C: “Yeah. All my life, practically. Yeah. My mom, we was always gettin’ put out and gettin’ in a place, another place. And then she moved out here and died in 1992 and I stayed with my grandmother. So I never had a place of my own."
M: “How do you come by money?”
C: “I got jumped by fifty guys. I get social security now. I got a head injury."
M: “You’ve got a housing voucher?”
C: “I’m supposed to be waitin’ on it, the SRO or whatever. But in the meantime, between time, I’m outta the police way, I’m…yeah. I’m trying to keep myself busy."
M: “Have you gotten in trouble with the cops in the past?”
C: “For just sleepin’ on the side walk. But other than that, no."
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West Hollywood, California
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Martin: “What’s you name?"
Charles: “ Charles. I’m from Arkansas. I set up a flight to LAX and then I walked from LAX to Beverly Hills, from Beverly Hills to Venice Beach. And then I got to Hollywood and I got a job my first day. So then I did landscaping the whole year last year and I went home from December to February. Made my grandma a flower bed and did real good on that. So I spent a couple hundred dollars doing that for her. And yeah, yeah just coming back here."
M: “What do you want to do here? Why not stay in Arkansas?"
C: “Well right now I go to my gym and stuff and work out and when I need to take a shower. And then I’m working. I stopped doing the landscaping about a week ago. So that ain’t workin’ out for me and he owes me money. Like when you don’t pay me the first week and then you tell me the next week you can’t pay me, that’s too long. You know? Gotta have money, have it right then. So then I donated. I donate plasma, forty-five a donation."
M: “And what kind of job are you looking for now?"
C: “Probably a restaurant job or right now just construction or something ‘cause my father did that."
M: “Where do you live now? Are you sleeping on the streets these days?"
C: “I stay in a tent. Yes.”
M: “Are you scared sometimes?”
C: “Yes, there’s zombies everywhere, walkin’ around in Hollywood, that crystal stuff. There’s people doin’ it all over the place. It’s real bad. They’re not even scared to admit it, either. It’s poison."
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West Hollywood, California
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Martin: "Where are you from originally?”
Alexander: "Originally I was born in Santa Clara, California.”
M: "How long have you been in Hollywood?”
A: "Two months.”
M: "What brought you down here?”
A: "I was offered a job here working at a clothes store, in Nordstrom. I was never given the job.”
M: "You came down here with a promise of having a job and then it fell through?”
A: "Yes, yes.”
M: "Where are you living now?”
A: "I am now on the streets.”
M: "Have you always worked in retail?”
A: "Retail, yes."
M: "Are you looking for another job along the same lines?”
A: "Yes, hopefully. I have never actually been homeless my whole life, ever, so this is new to me."
M: "Do you have a tent you sleep in at night?”
A: "Yes, I just bought a tent.”
M: "In a dream world what kind of job would you like to have?”
A: "I want to actually own my own salon, hair salon. Some time later in the future. For now I just want to start small."
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West Hollywood, California
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Martin: “What’s your name?”
Gabriel: “Gabriel.”
M: "Where are you from?"
G: "I’m actually from Florida. I came here with nothing two days ago."
M: "What brings you to Hollywood?"
G: "I really was fascinated with LA. Hopefully I can get a place to stay, a job, and then go to college for dance. We’ll see. It’ll slowly happen for sure."
M: "And your parents are helping you out to get an apartment here?"
G: "My parents? No. My parents are homophobic. As sad as it is, yeah. I sent my mother a text the other day and I’m like ‘Mom, I’m in LA. I’m safe.’ No response. I haven’t heard responses from her for months."
M: "What kind of job would you like to do?"
G: "I have previous serving experience. So like serving at a nice restaurant for awhile and then, like I said, I want to go to school for dance so there’s many things here that have things that revolve around that.”
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West Hollywood, California
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Martin: "How you doin' today?"
Charles: "I'm good, man, nice dreads."
M: "Thank you. I've had them for thirty years now. Yeah, it's about that time. Thirties the limit maybe. I'm starting to go bald back there."
C: "It's all good man. Look, rep how you rep it, that's all. You can have 'em till you got one left and you could spin it around like...I've got helicopter dread." [laughter]
M: "Are you from around here?"
C: "I'm from Detroit originally."
M: "Where do you sleep at night?"
C: "When I sleep, somewhere comfortable. I don't sleep a lot. I feel like I'm on a journey and I'm on a mission and sometimes sleepin' is not an object. I don't feel like I'm homeless cause I got a whole planet Earth called home. I'm just in between dwelling, you know what I'm saying? I don't have to be. I think a lot of it is procrastination BS and I won't lie. But I gotta be cool with it, right now this is where I'm at. You know, some people don't like to take responsibility for their actions and they wanna blame other people and there's a lot of people that don't know how to control themselves but they wanna control everything and everybody else. That don't make sense to me. The best thing I have learned in the world is self-knowledge. If you don't know yourself, nothin' else matters 'cause you don't know your limits, your expectations, your everything. So I know who I am, good and bad. You're down here dealin' with common folk instead of heavyweights. You choosin' to deal with us. I appreciate that."
M: "Thank you for trusting me. I've learned a lot out here."
C: "Reality TV is not real. This is as real as it gets right here. You can't script what we go through. I'm human, ya know? Some people ask me what race are you? Human. Everything else is just..."
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West Hollywood, California
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Martin: “Where are you from?” Antoine: “I’m from Miami.” M: “Why did you come out here?” A: “I want to be a singer, actor, model, the greatest entertainer [laughter]." M: “Do you feel like you were being held back in Miami?” A: “It was more of a challenge with my sexual identity. I needed space to figure out what I wanted in my life. It wasn’t my choice that I am attracted to both sexes. That was my struggle, like trying to figure out who I am. My sexual identity and to embrace being feminine and to embrace being masculine." M: “How do you identify your sexuality?” A: “Me, I’m just androgynous. I’m not a transgender, which I could pretend, but I will never be. And I’m not just a regular guy, which clearly is the case. [laughter] I’m different. I love being androgynous. There should be more awareness, it should be more celebrated here like it is overseas.” M: "David Bowie was androgynous and bisexual.” A: “Yeah. He was awesome. I would love to be as great as him. Grace Jones, like that’s how I kinda like got drawn into the androgyny field. That’s what made me not feel like I was just a freak show.” M: “And were your parents accepting of you being different or was it tough as a kid?” A: “Oh, at first it was a struggle being angry with myself. It wasn’t necessarily them because... my mother, she accepted me for who I am. She knew I was special, she knew I was different. It was just I had to accept myself.” #martinschoeller #portraits #sycamoreandromaine #street #photography #streetphotography #feedthehungry #fighthunger #GWHFC #volunteer #give #giveback #nonprofit #losangeles #westhollywood #hollywood #communityservice #community #activism #homeless #makeadifference #filmphotography #filmisnotdead

West Hollywood, California
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Martin: “What’s your name?”
Leon: “I’m Leon.”
M: “Thank you for coming out, I appreciate it. Where are you living these days?”
L: “Right now I’m homeless”
M: “On the street, in a tent?”
L: “I’ve got a military sleeping bag and my little spot.”
M: “You used to be in the military? What branch were you in?”
L: “Marine Corps.”
M: “When did you retire?”
L: “I got out in 2008.”
M: “How long were you in the Marines?”
L: “Fifteen years.”
M: “And what happened then?
L: “I lost my job a few years ago.”
M: “What kind of job did you have?”
L: “I was a carpenter. I have arthritis in my left knee. I can’t do it anymore. I’m applying for disability.”
M: “I hope you won’t be homeless for long.”
L: “No I don’t plan on it.” .
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